Herat Security Dialogue IV

Herat Security Dialogue IV

Held on: 2-3 October 2015

Concept Note

4th Herat Security Dialogue (HSD- IV)
“Islamic Civilization: Stagnation; Renaissance”
2-3 October 2015-Herat, Afghanistan

The Herat Security Dialogue (HSD) is an annual international conference, held by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS). It is attended by government officials, international organization delegates, legislators, academic experts, distinguished journalists, business delegates, media and civil society representatives from Afghanistan, the region and wider international community.

Its main objective is to address a clear domestic and regional need for a permanent forum where different stakeholders could engage in dialogue aimed at building confidence and identifying practical& broader security cooperation at different levels. Furthermore, the HSD is committed to promoting and encouraging an inclusive and networked understanding of security by bringing together different but related themes and approaches to security.

The HSD aims to challenge conventional approaches to security and encourage creative and “out of the box thinking” and solutions. The HSD also encourage normative and cross-cultural dialogue concerning different approaches and perspectives on security. Particularly, the HSD intends to address Afghanistan’s security and stability in the wider regional and global contexts.

The HSD is held in October each year in the historic city of Herat, which exemplifies connectivity, cooperation, creativity throughout its long history, strategic location and its post 2001 renaissance. The venue of the conference is Qala-IIkhtiyar al-Din (Herat Citadel), founded during Achaemenid period (6th-4th century BC).

Its first and inaugural conference was held in 19-21 October 2012, which was attended by 80 participants, representing 30 nations and organizations. The Herat Security Dialogue II (HSD- II) was hosted by Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) on 5-6 October 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan. The conference was attended by 140 participants, representing 30 nations and international organizations. The Heart Security Dialogue III (HSD-III) was held on 27-28 September 2014 in Herat. The conference was attended by more than 120 participants from 21 countries and international organizations.

The AISS has already approached a number of provincial, national and international media organizations for exploring their interest to sponsor and/or for special coverage of the HSD IV meetings.